Sacred Heart sophomore organizes blood drive on campus amid growing shortages

A Sacred Heart University Student organized a blood drive on campus amid growing blood shortages.
The Edgerton Center at Sacred Heart University is being transformed into a blood drive facility.
Sophomore Natalie Marques came up with the idea. At first, the goal was to have her equestrian team give blood.
"Maybe one blood drive with a goal of 20 people. But I didn't really like that number, so I decided to surpass that," she says.
Marques says she contacted the Connecticut Blood Center, which then got in touch with Sacred Heart President Dr. Petillo.
She says there is now going to be eight blood drives in nine weeks.
Blood Center officials say they will get over 500 units of blood this semester solely from Sacred Heart University and that three lives are saved with each unit of blood.
Marques and Petillo were among the first members of the Sacred Heart community to donate blood.